New donor comes forward to match donations for Care Box Challenge

Volunteer putting together Care Boxes at Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin. (WMTV)
Volunteer putting together Care Boxes at Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin. (WMTV)(NBC15)
Published: Mar. 26, 2020 at 9:49 PM CDT
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A new donor has come forward to match donations to create care boxes for families impacted by the coronavirus pandemic in southern Wisconsin.

On Thursday, National Guardian Life Insurance announced it will match the next $75,000 in donations in the Care Box Challenge.

As of April 1, the Care Box Challenge has raised a total of $448,408 to help feed local families.

"This is a stressful time. Many people have children at home, elderly parents, family members at-risk and are concerned for their own health and safety. There is so much happening right now, being worried about where your next meal will come from shouldn’t be an issue," said Knut Olson, NGL President & CEO. "We are all in this together, and nobody should go hungry. With our contribution, we hope those in our community receive the resources needed to keep their spirits up and remain healthy."

As of Sunday night, $11,000 remains in the matching donation.

Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin is anticipating that it will need to distribute 100,000 boxes of food to those impacted by the cancellation of schools and closure of many businesses.

“As a result of unprecedented times, Second Harvest is having to take unprecedented measures to make sure the needs of those struggling with hunger are met,” said Second Harvest President & CEO Michelle Orge. “We are honored and grateful that the National Guardian Life Insurance Company has put their trust in us to meet their desire to help the community through these trying times. It is through meaningful partnerships like this that we, collectively, will come out stronger in the end.”

To date, $333,000 in donations have provided more than 33,000 care boxes since NBC15 and Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin teamed up for Care Box Challenge beginning March 19.

For as little as $10, you can help a local family in need.

Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin also needs volunteers to help build their Care Boxes.

They are limiting the number of volunteers they can take at a time to practice social distancing. Volunteers between the ages of 12 and 64 are welcome. Those over the age of 65 should wait to volunteer once the coronavirus is no longer a concern.

All Care Boxes will be assembled in large, open spaces. Those interested in volunteering may sign up

WMTV NBC15 would like to say "Thank You" in advance to everyone who is able to donate to this special cause.